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The Faerie Ring Hardcover – September 27, 2011

4.2 out of 5 stars 81 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in the Faerie Ring Series

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Praise for "The Faerie Ring" "Urban faerie fantasy meets Oliver Twist (with a dash of Cinderella) in this exciting tale of a street orphan who mingles with royalty to save olde England from dark magic. Plenty of action and suspense. Let's hope there'll be more adventures for Tiki and the handsome Rieker."--O.R. Melling," " author of "The Chronicles of Faerie""A delicious blend of urban fantasy, heart-stopping suspense and sizzling romance--"The Faerie Ring "rocks! Pulsing with excitement, this high-stakes adventure catapults you through the gritty slums of Victorian London, the glittering balls of the Royal Palace, and the menacing Otherworld, in a thrilling tale where no one and nothing is what it seems. Deception, twists, diabolical faeries, a gutsy heroine and a sexy love interest all woven into a spectacular wild ride. You'll devour every page--compelled to finish but never wanting it to end!"--Alyssa Kirk, teensreadandwrite.com """I stayed up until 2 am devouring "The Faerie Ring"--it was fantastic! Deeply imaginative and creative, I was instantly absorbed into Tiki's mysterious world."--Ashley Simmons, booksobsession.com """"The Faerie Ring" is an intriguing, beautifully written blend of historical fiction, mixed with the perfect dose of romance, mystery, and faerie lore, all set within the time period of Victorian London. I was so completely enraptured with the story that I couldn't devour this debut novel fast enough."--Katie Bartow, mundiemoms.blogspot.com """"The Faerie Ring "is an enchanting novel, woven with dramatic adventure, intriguing faerie lore and a charming love story! I couldn't stop turning the pages even though I didn't want the story to end!"--Kristi Diehm, thestorysiren.com "This thrilling and otherworldly tale is full of suspense, danger, and magic. Kiki Hamilton has crafted a magical and exciting debut with a rich narrative. Set during the winter of 1871 in London, Hamilton beautifully captures that time. Ms. Hamilton'

From the Author

For me, THE FAERIE RING series is one of those 'what if...' kind of stories. It has been so much fun to write these books - to research the lore of the British Isles and wrap it into a new kind of faerie tale - one that makes you wonder where fact stops and fiction begins...

Thanks so much to the many, many fantastic bloggers, librarians, booksellers and readers who have supported me in this writing journey.  I couldn't do this thing I love without you! Thank you!! 

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Teen; 1st edition (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765327228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765327222
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,968,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. M. Martin VINE VOICE on July 24, 2016
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This fantasy is set in 1871 London. Tiki is an orphan who has been living on the street and picking pockets to take care of her new adoptive family. After narrowly escaping her latest victim by catching a ride on the back of a coach, she finds herself in Buckingham Palace. At first she just plans to steal some food from the abundance but she finds herself in a library and ends up taking a ring that was dropped on the floor.

Tiki never expected that it was the ring that holds the truce between the human world and faerie. Everyone wants it. Some faeries want it to break the truce. The Queen's youngest son Leo wants it back because he is the one who took it from its safe place and lost it.

Rieker also wants the ring. Rieker is another pickpocket who has been following Tiki around for quite a while. He is quite a mysterious character and Tiki isn't about to trust him with the safety of her family or the ring.

This story was very engaging. I liked that Tiki built her own family after her parents died of a fever. I liked her willingness to do anything for the good of young Clara who she found almost dead on the street a few years previously.

I enjoyed this fantasy and am eager to read the next three books in the series to learn more about Tiki, Rieker, and the other kids.
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I absolutely loved the setting of The Faerie Ring. Victorian Era is one of my favorite time periods to read about now add that in with some very wonderful characters this made for a very quick read. I literally flew through The Faerie Ring because I got so wrapped up in Tikis world.

Hamilton did a wonderful job with all the characters to where I couldn't help but care for each and every one of them even one of the antagonist. She did an excellent job with Tiki. I loved how she was such a strong character and with the things the world threw at her instead of growing cold and hard she still found time to take care of her "family" other orpahaned kids just like her. Honestly how can you not care for the group of orphans that we are introduced to, each one helping in taking care of each other and trying to survive the gritty slums of London.

Reiker is the love interest, and at first I didn't know what to think of him. Was he someone to trust or was he gaming Tiki. He remained a mystery, everytime I thought I knew what he was about his actions made me second guess myself. Learning about him was half the fun.

The book had alot of twists and turns that had me guessing,not to mention discovering the secrets of the characters right along side with them. I like how the main focus wasn't really the faeries but it was about Tiki, her orphan family, and of course the faerie ring which in this case really is a ring and not a circle of mushrooms.

Overall this was a refreshing read for me and looks like a start to a very promising series. I can't wait for the next book in the series although this could have been a standalone with the satisfying ending but I have a feeling there will be a few things touched in the upcoming books that was left a slight mystery.
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Loved it, can't wait to read the next one! I thought that the book started out kind of slow, but then I really got into and really enjoyed it. There were definitely some twists I didn't see coming and I liked that I was surprised. The alternate past and the setting in London was a lot of fun, even though Tiki and her friends were poor orphans. I realize that they had to pickpocket to live, but I really enjoyed seeing how they pulled it off and what they could get. I felt so bad for their situation though, I see why Tiki became the motherly figure. I loved the concept of the book, the plot and the addition of the super creepy faeries!

Tiki was a great MC, I loved that she took care of herself and the others at such a young age. Her situation in life has been horrible, but she hasn't let that break her down. I also liked her chemistry with the other orphans and how they cared for each other. Getting to see Tiki learn to fight and create disguises was a lot of fun. I was suspicious of Rieker at first because it was hard to tell what his motives were. I ended up really liking him later on. There were some great twists with him in this book as well as great scenes with Tiki. Prince Leopold is a little creepy and am interested to see what will happen with him in the next end.

The end of the book wasn't too much of a cliffhanger, but I really want to know more. Overall I really loved this book and I can't wait for the next one! I recommend it!
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*Sigh* I want to go to London. I need an adventure. 'The Faerie Ring' was just that - an adventure.

Tara Kathleen, aka Tiki, is a 16 year old street urchin who, while pretending to be a boy, pickpockets for a living. Having run away at the age of fourteen from her perverted uncle and his wife (as her own had passed away), Tiki was barely surviving until the day she met some other orphans who took her in and eventually became her family. The group survived on the thefts made by each member everyday, with Tiki bringing in the most.

One day, due to circumstances not in her control, Tiki ends up at, guess where? The Buckingham Palace! Seriously. She finds a ring that looks ridiculously expensive and being the thief that she is, Tiki couldn't resist stealing it. Here's where the story starts. This ring controlled a war that has been going on for centuries between the Fae & Mortals. Hence, the name 'Faerie Ring'.

I really enjoyed 'The Faerie Ring', it had this whole historic London with paranormal elements thrown in. While reading this book, for some reason I kept picturing the sets of Sherlock Holmes (yup, the one with Robert Downey) & Pirates of the Caribbean and I loved both the movies! Kiki Hamilton literally takes you through the streets of London and has written about living in the 1800's in a believable way.

Oh and it doesn't end there - throw in a prince & a pauper you've got your very own fairytale love triangle! Well, ok. Not really a triangle but I wanted it to be. I'm totally on Team Leo!

I liked reading The Faerie Ring and I was fond all the characters, even the small ones who're not really a major part of the plot, which is very rare for me because I usually just like the lead ones.
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